The Miller field ceased production in 2007 and BP has already completed the first phase of decommissioning, involving well abandonment and topsides clean up
The pipelines which were used to export oil and gas from the Miller installation have been flushed clear of hydrocarbons and are being left in place for potential future use.
A detailed decommissioning programme contains proposals for dealing with the topsides, jacket, and drill cuttings pile. This is available to view or download below. The UK Government approved the decommissioning programme in December 2013.
The OSPAR consultation phase completed in 2011 and Government approval for derogation was received in early 2013. The rationale for the Miller jacket proposals can be viewed in the Miller Decommissioning Programme below.
The Miller field is situated 270km north east of Aberdeen, in Blocks 16/7b and 16/8b, in the Central North Sea. BP is the field operator and partners are ConocoPhillips and Shell.
In April 2016, Petrofac was awarded a Duty Holder contract from BP to support the late life management of the platform.
Under the contract, Petrofac assumes operator responsibility for the platform and will manage all aspects of on and offshore activities as the decommissioning programme progresses.
BP remains the licence owner for Miller and, along with partners, will continue to pursue and evaluate a range of options for decommissioning the asset fully.
Name: Stephen Christie
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland